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One weekend in, and that gear is already funky!

We may only be one week into our Flames season, but that gear is funky! Not only does it stink, but leave it unattended and you can be stuck with mold or mildew growing on it. The odor itself is caused by bacteria growing permeated by the sweat during hockey. These simple steps will help you keep that equipment fresh all year long.

Air it out!

The easiest way to ensure the smell doesn’t get really bad is to simply air it out after each practice. Find a space in your house and setup a storage locker like one of our dads did last year.

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If you don’t have the space to setup shelving, at least get something you can hang the equipment and let it air out properly. A simple drying rack will do, or a specific hockey rack.

Stuck on the road?

If you are stuck on the road, products like the Ever Bamboo Hockey Gear Deodorizer helps with the apple when you don’t have time to get the back out and air the equipment properly from a hotel.


It’s really that simple. Most of your equipment can be washed in the laundry at home. Some companies offer commercial grade services, but really, just throw it in the wash. Coach Jeremy of howtohockey provides a simple guide for you DIYers.

Got your own secrets to keeping your gear clean, comment on facebook or @ us on twitter with your solutions and you can even include your pictures!

Ever wonder what full ice feels like for 7-8 year olds?

Still not sold on half ice programs? Even with the countless research provided by Hockey Canada, there are still some doubters of the half ice programs.

USA Hockey put together an incredible video to really put it all into perspective. Have a look for yourself.

NOSM is hosting free public sessions on concussion awareness

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is hosting a free public session on concussion awareness. For any parents or coaches interested, you can get more details on the Sudbury event here.


Registration Dates:

August 19/2019 6:00-8:00 PM @ Wahnapitae Community Centre

August 28/2019 6:00-8:00 PM @Colonial Inn

More information will be made available shortly on the registrations page. Keep an eye out for more news.

Player Hydration

As we embark on this on ice adventure, it is also important to instil off ice skills in our children. Hockey is a very physically demanding sport as you will see as our kids come off the ice drenched in sweat.

As coaches, we will provide adequate water breaks but it is also important to note that Hydration needs to occur before jumping on the ice and and after. If kids come to the ice dehydrated they will struggle on the ice. Furthermore drinking too much water during physical activity can lead to stomach cramps, or bathroom breaks mid practice.

Hockey Canada has published this player checklist. Please go over it with your child and ensure they understand hydration, especially drinking water over sugary drinks which can actually dehydrate instead.

Fluid Checklist
– I drank 1-2 cups upon waking.
– I am not super thirsty throughout the day.
– I drank 1-2 cups before my practice or game.
– My urine is pale in colour before my practice or game.
– I drank enough during my practice or game.
– After my practice or game I drank at lease 1/2 to 1 litre of fluids.
– My urine is pale in colour an hour after practices or games.

See you on the ice!